Tuesday, July 6, 2010

bento goodie GIVEAWAY to benefit Alex

Update:
This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who participated! :)
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Bento goodies, get your bento goodies here!

I'm hosting my second bento goodie giveaway! It's summer time and this bento prize pack is sorta summer themed! :)

The loot up for grabs this time around:
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- super neato Terra-cycle lunch bag made from re-purposed Capri-Sun drink packages!
- an awesome two-tier bento box!
- a pack of ocean themed picks!
- two star-staped silicone cups!
- a set of egg molds, one car and one fish!

The bento box is really cool! The top tier has a movable divider to help keep foods separated.
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The picks are really cute. They feature starfish, seahorses, fish and other fun sea creatures.
These are brand new. Unfortunately, my 3 year-old daughter was testing out her scissor skills and cut the top of the package open. I promise you I didn't lick but a few of them.
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Just kidding! They are all sparkly and clean, I swear! :)
The silicone cups are super cool, I've been using some of these blue ones a lot lately! They came as a set of six and I put these ones aside just for this giveaway - just for YOU! :)

I neglected to take a better close-up photo of the egg molds. They are the same ones as I used when I made this tutorial on how to make shaped eggs! You can check them out more closely there, and read some easy-to-follow directions too. If you win these you may need that little "how-to", unless you read Japanese, of course. ;-)

All this fun stuff could be yours!
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How to enter the giveaway:

This is where it gets a little tricky.
There are so many contests and giveaways these days where you can earn entries to the prize by jumping through all sorts of hoops...
- "Become a fan of my Facebook page!"
- "Follow me on Twitter!"
- "Say 'Shelley sells seashells by the seashore three times really fast!"
- "Rub your tummy and pat your head!"
- "Subscribe to my blog's feed!"
- "Follow my blog!"

I could even ask you to vote for me in a silly little Mom Food Blogger contest I was nominated for.

Well, I could do those things. But I'm not going to. Because this contest isn't for me or about me.

This contest is for you and it's about Alex.

This is Alex.
Alex in a hat
Alex just turned six.
He loves lizards, balloons, and Cracker Barrel.
Alex has a fierce affection for tractors and has a smile that could melt your heart. He also has cancer.

He is the son of my friends, Andrea and Erik Kallas. Alex was adopted from Russia when he was 13 months old. It was known then that he suffered from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. A couple years later he would be diagnosed with Autism also. Those are some pretty tough hurdles to navigate, but they are nothing compared to what came next.
In November Alex was diagnosed with Stage 3 High Risk Neuroblastoma. Nobody wants their child to have cancer. But if your child is going to get cancer, this is the one you hope to God they don't have. It is a terrible, horrifyingly aggressive form of cancer. Alex was given a 20% chance to survive.

In the 7 months since his diagnosis Alex has undergone seven in-patient *adult dose* rounds of chemotherapy. He has had a stem cell transplant. Alex has just completed his 8th round of radiation, with twelve more to go.
Neuroblastoma is a sick, vile disease.

But Alex, Alex is beautiful.
Alex smiles

Even with insurance, the financial ramifications of having a critically ill child are staggering. Alex's parents have been hit with medical costs in the tens of thousands of dollars. One example: chemotherapy has caused severe hearing loss, requiring Alex to need hearing aids. Hearing aids are not covered by insurance. Hearing aids cost nearly $4,000.

Why I am telling you this.

There is a way you can help Alex's family. They have been entered in a contest. If they win this contest their family will win a weekend vacation (a huge blessing for so many reasons, but it's a long story...take my word for it, this family has earned a vacation together). If they win this contest they will also win $15k. Fifteen thousand dollars to help pay medical bills.

The contest is the Pigeon Forge Taking Vacation Back Sweepstakes.

To vote for Alex you need to click the "votes" box and then "sort".
The family is listed as "Andrea K. - Spring Hill, Tn (6/1/2010)".
Then click where is says "vote", just to the left of Andrea's name. At the time of this posting they are in 3rd place.

You may vote from any computer once EACH DAY for the entire month of July.

Each time you vote for Alex, leave a comment on this giveaway post. You will get one entry for every vote you cast. Again, you can vote once a day from every computer. If your phone has internet access you can vote from there too.

Cast your vote there, leave a comment here. Cast another vote there, leave another comment here.

** I'm running this contest until next Tuesday, July 13. I'll close the contest sometime that night, probably between 10-11pm CST. Winning comment will be selected by random.org.
If this giveaway proves successful I will dig deep into my bento stash and host ANOTHER giveaway after this one to garner more votes for the Kallas family. It's up to you. I've got some good stuff in there.

Miracles happen. Miracles happen every day. A miracle is happening right now for Alex.
Alex with balloon

Be a part of Team Alex. Cast your vote. And keep this sweet boy in your prayers.
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464 comments:

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Just a girl said... [Reply to comment]

voted

Sweet Virginia said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again! Still wishing them the best!

Ivy's mama (aka Ladymama) said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again, and what makes me sad this time is that all those families can't win.

momaof4 said... [Reply to comment]

I voted today!! They are in 3rd!!! Praying they get their vacation. We had a family friend who had cancer, He was just 6. So we know the needs they have. I will vote till it's over!!!

Kenton and Marianne Ogg said... [Reply to comment]

I voted! I'm loving this. Seeing his bright smile in the pictures every day is so refreshing!

Ang3 said... [Reply to comment]

Voted for today! :)

cynthiesmom said... [Reply to comment]

One more vote from our family!

Wii Fit & A Bet said... [Reply to comment]

voted

hicksfan7 said... [Reply to comment]

VOTED this morning

hicksfan7 said... [Reply to comment]

Voted

awang said... [Reply to comment]

Just voted again! Go Alex!

Suz said... [Reply to comment]

Voted Again!

The Ware's said... [Reply to comment]

voted and am praying for Alex!

Becky A said... [Reply to comment]

voted again.

Fill your belly and SAVE said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again 7/13/2010

Just a girl said... [Reply to comment]

voted

RoseMamie said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again!!

Yiran said... [Reply to comment]

voted again :)

Yiran said... [Reply to comment]

another vote for Alex and his family!

Sandy said... [Reply to comment]

Voted! I'm 7300!

TheClumsyChef said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again. They are so close to second!

Cher said... [Reply to comment]

I just voted again!

MsCinderella said... [Reply to comment]

voted; praying.

Mommyof2girlz said... [Reply to comment]

Vote #7379

The Jennings Family said... [Reply to comment]

voted again- I was 7401 today.

azbaby24 said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again.

Katie Kolich said... [Reply to comment]

voted from my work computer!!!

Lauren said... [Reply to comment]

Voted!

Lauren said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again from my phone!

Katie Kolich said... [Reply to comment]

voted from another work computer!!

Katie Kolich said... [Reply to comment]

voted from a 3rd work computer!!

Jamie said... [Reply to comment]

I just voted again!

Otiiva said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again!!! Good luck! :)

Katie Kolich said... [Reply to comment]

4th work computer!!! my coworkers think i'm crazy!! :)

Michelle said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again :)

sousasax said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again!

Katie Kolich said... [Reply to comment]

voted from my 5th and last work computer!!!

Katie Kolich said... [Reply to comment]

ok, 6th and final computer!!!

Evenspor said... [Reply to comment]

One last vote. Good luck, Alex.

nerissa said... [Reply to comment]

i voted! good luck Alex

RLR said... [Reply to comment]

Voted today! And I'll keep voting as often as I can throughout the month. Thanks for sharing Alex's story with us!

RebeccaB said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again! Such a small gap between second and third place now! :)

cjjbent2005 said... [Reply to comment]

voted today - only about 340 votes separating 2nd and 3rd place. Keeping ALex and his family in my thoughts!

LeAnne said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again today. Win or not, I hope Alex's family feels all the prayers for them!

Christopher said... [Reply to comment]

voted!

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again. :)

Aimee said... [Reply to comment]

Voted..I think. The website was acting weird when I pressed the button and the number did go up one when I went back to check! I certainly hope God heard the prayer too! :-)

ps. love your website.

Stef plus 3 said... [Reply to comment]

voted on tuesday!

Katie Kolich said... [Reply to comment]

voted from home!!

Snowflowers Mum said... [Reply to comment]

voted again!

Snowflowers Mum said... [Reply to comment]

as much as I want to win, Katie wins for sheer determination in my book!

Rachel said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again! :)

Sweet Virginia said... [Reply to comment]

I voted!

Yiran said... [Reply to comment]

put in another vote for Alex from my friend's phone! :)

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED -- THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR PARTICIPATING!!!

NEW CONTEST FOR THE KALLAS FAMILY WILL BE POSTED TOMORROW! :)

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Crafty Kitchen Momma said... [Reply to comment]

voted again this evening. god bless their family

Ang3 said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again:)

TQ~

hicksfan7 said... [Reply to comment]

VOTED this morning

Andrea said... [Reply to comment]

Voted!

fleur said... [Reply to comment]

vote # 6 or 7?? well another vote GO Alex!

Ang3 said... [Reply to comment]

voted again using another computer :)

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